Wisdom Teeth Extractions
At The Danna Smile, Dr. Jodi Danna or Dr. Mariya Barnett will work closely with you to conduct a thorough examination and help you understand your options for wisdom teeth extraction. This is an important procedure that can have a large impact on your future dental health, and we’ll make sure it is completed quickly and as comfortably as possible.
What Are Wisdom Teeth and Why Remove Them?
Your wisdom teeth are also called third molars, and they usually erupt last in the mouth. They usually appear sometime between the ages of 17 and 25, and every case is different. (In fact, they’re called “wisdom” teeth because they don’t erupt until a time when people are considered to at least be striving for more maturity and wisdom.)
There is usually not enough space in the average mouth for these extra teeth, though, and so they don’t erupt properly, becoming impacted (or stuck) beneath the gum line or jawbone.
Even if these teeth appear to be coming in straight, we often recommend removal anyway because they can often cause unforeseen problems down the road. If wisdom teeth get impacted it could:
- Lead to infections as food gets trapped beneath the gum tissue.
- Crowd your teeth, making it harder to brush and floss. On top of that, added pressure on your teeth could lead to misaligned bites.
- Damage nearby teeth.
There are several different levels of impaction.
- A soft tissue impaction is the result of the tooth getting through the bone, but not the gums.
- A partial bony impaction happens when a part of the crown of the tooth is still beneath the jawbone.
- A complete boney impaction is a situation in which the tooth did not get through the jawbone at all, and will likely require extra work to extract them.
The Extraction Process
We will begin with panoramic or digital x-rays. This will help us determine the position of your wisdom teeth and when action will need to be taken. We recommend getting evaluated early in your teen years so we have plenty of time to watch their progression and make the final decision on treatment.
The actual procedure is fairly common and is normally performed under local anesthesia (although deeper sedation dentistry is possible if you are feeling anxiety about the procedure). We’ll give you instructions on how to take care of your mouth after the operation to make sure everything heals properly and doesn’t lead to dry socket.
Please be sure to let us know if you’re taking any medications or supplements before we begin the extraction. These things may interfere with the healing process, so we need to know about them beforehand.
If you have any questions, be sure to contact us and we’ll be happy to provide more information.